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exclusive. an inspiring young girl with an amazing sense of passion and a sense of purpose. >> that's right, targeted by the taliban for wanting to go to school. abc's bob woodruff has the story. >> reporter: malala yousufzai's journey from this to this is nothing short of a miracle. and for the first time, you heard her voice. >> today you can see that i am alive. i can speak. i can see you. i can see everyone. and i am getting better day by day. it is just because of the prayers of people. >> reporter: prayers and letters sent to this young girl who became a symbol of hope. she was just 12 when the taliban shut down her school and the public crusade. >> i have the right to play, talk, speak. >> reporter: her actions made her a target. last october on the way home from school she was brutally attacked. gunmen entered her van and shot
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her at point-blank range in the head. she was medivacted to england in critical condition. she refused to die. the bullet glanced her skull, traveled down her cheek and into her shoulder. incredibly didn't enter her brain. as her story spread so did her following. i spoke with her father, a schoolteacher himself. >> reporter: malala has become a hero. and triggered a huge movement around the world. she gets letters from children. >> she is incredible. >> reporter: they made videos for her. and did you ever imagine there would be this kind of reaction to what happened to her? >> i think that she is an inspiration for the children. >> reporter: she was sitting of in bed after five hours of surgery this weekend to repair her skull and damaged ear. she release aid video statement talking about her new fund.
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>> i want to serve the people. i want every girl, every child to be educated. for that reason we have organized a fund. >> reporter: what are you trying to accomplish by the fund? >> our aim and our dream is to educate children. and especially girls. because we know when you educate a girl, you educate the whole family. you educate a generation. you educate all other coming children. >> reporter: the challenge is enormous. today there are 32 million girls around the world who are not in school. bob woodruff, abc news, new york. >> a really humbling inspiring story. she, her grace and intellect and passion and sense of purpose. >> such a young age. >> really that young. left side of her face is paralyzed. hoping it comes back to full function within 18 months or so. mentally, spiritually, the recovery is full. you can tell listening to her. it is remarkable. said it before on the show.
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the taliban tried to kill her only succeeded in making her immo immortal. >> she wanted to protect people that she wanted to protect. people in pakistan wanted to name a school after her. don't do it. you will become a target for the taliban. >> they did it anyway. >> no they did not want it. they wanted to name it after her. she said no. >> an amazing young lady. we'll be back right after this. >> "world
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joe flacco, you and the baltimore ravens just won the super bowl. what are you going to do next? >> hey, i'm going to disneyland. >> just like only going to disneyland. just about the hottest athlete in the country right now. case in point his sweet new ride.
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super bowl mvp received this 2014 corvette stingray. this is no ordinary vette, 450 horsepower from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds. flacco hob-nobbing, with superstars like mickey mouse. last year turned down contract extension with the ravens. flacco with the super bowl ring will talk big money with the ravens' owners. >> that was actually earlier in the year when i wasn't signing what they wanted me to sign. he said when the time comes you can come, beat on my desk. i said all right. i will take you up on that. i think the time has come. >> not only will flacco get a pay day make him one of the highest paid quarterbacks. about to become a new dad. he and his wife are expecting a second child. good days for joe. >> baltimore hosts a parade. opposite in san francisco. 49ers returned home. a crowd did turn out to greet them. clearly the guys were disappointed dropping such a close game. 100 people there are the airport. the players didn't stop to chat.
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>> uh-huh. >> want to once again welcome my new co-anchor, diana perez to "world news now." >> thank you. >> since there are no secrets on the set, we will let you decide what you want to know about my gracious cohort. the wnn inbox segment, bringing it back today i will ask you to ask her anything. log on to the facebook page. after a few months. wnnfans.com. post your questions. she will respond on the air tomorrow. >> let's keep it pg. keep it neat. keep it clean. and ask him questions too. and ask him questions too. approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep.
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all right. now it's time for "the mix." starting out with something that is actually really, really cool and inspirational. a chicago skateboarder quieted all doubters with an incredible video.
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he does tricks. he does turns. he is up, he is down. he is everywhere. take a look at this. this guy is pretty awesome. one thing that you don't know about him, he is blind. >> wow. >> he does everything only using his sense of sound. been blind since he was 2 years old. born with cancer of the retinas. from chicago. his video has garnered him 500,000 views. he says, everything happens for a reason. >> that is impressive. see, sometimes spirit means more than senses you know what i mean. kid is out there doing it. that is inspiring. this story is not. this story is not inspiring, disgusting, disturbing. diana picked it. and, you are fitting, to pick this story. awe thought we would enjoy this one. >> doctors are worrying about do the yourself penile implants. [ screaming ]
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>> men some in prison are using melted toothpaste caps, buttons, dice, deodorant roller balls, chipped off pieces of dominoes to insert into you know where, not necessarily for the length but for the, the sexual sensation it will give them. because a procedure not doing it with medical protocol, worried about infection, viruses things like that. this is going on in jail, do it yourself penile implant. one of the most disturbing stories in the mix. >> got to go give it a -- >> nothing worse, not putting a monopoly set all up in my, no. absolutely not. i want our tv colleagues to go out and explore this a little more. this is something that deserves a long package. moving on to some lighter fare here. this is kind of interesting. designers using vintage shoes
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this morning on "world news now" -- dramatic end. a 5-year-old boy held hostage underground for a week is set free. >> the boy's captor is dead. a small alabama town is relieved. but so, so many questions remain this morning. it's tuesday, february 5th.
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>> from abc news, this is "world news now." good tuesday morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm diana perez. we'll get to the latest from the fbi and alabama investigators in our top story. and then to connecticut, a town just outside of newtown where movie makers were ready to shoot a film about a school campus shooting. we'll hear from how the town is reacting. >> first thought maybe this was a coincidence, maybe already planned. apparently it was inspired by the massacre at newtown. everyone is just kind of like "are you kidding me? way too soon. why would you going all that up?" a lot of discussion about that movie. >> too soon, will it ever not be too soon? >> that's the question. just like 9/11, years before we saw a movie. this is a similar tragedy. also this morning, making a few bucks by offering your extra bedroom to overnight guests.
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what can you do with a little investment to put more money right there in your pocket. >> it is interesting, just the couple things you don't think you can do. it's the way you word your ads. the things you put on your bed, you are offering to the people that will stay at your place. it can make a difference. >> all about marketing. like most things in life. how you sell it. how you pitch it. >> there is a twist. a twist, especially in new york city, you were telling us about. we'll get to that later. later on. new jersey's governor pokes fun at himself on late night network tv. by chowing down on doughnuts. what was chris christie trying to prove? that is in "the skinny," also coming up. >> obviously his weight is a big issue, no pun intended. little fun. here all week. and glad you came back for a second day. didn't scare you off yesterday. >> no, you tried. you tried hard. >> tried my best. >> the pictures of me were awful. >> please. it was fun. >> it was good fun. i am happy to be back.
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got a little sleep. thank you, devon, for not crying until i had gotten four hours of sleep. instead of seven i was hoping for. it is great. happy to be back. he is awesome. >> excellent. nice. officially going to be indoctrinated into the overnight world today. because willis is back from his little vacation. >> yeah! i'm here! >> willis, quiet, subtle member of our staff. he always takes. a liking to the female co-anchors on the show. got a little freaky-deaky in him. just warning you. just warning you. good to have everybody back. >> for sure. let's get to the news, good news here, thankfully. the little alabama boy is safe this morning after spending a week underground with a killer. >> 5-year-old ethan was held in a bunker. fbi agents managed to sneak a camera inside the hideout. it showed some disturbing images. abc's marcy gonzalez is covering all of it. good morning, marcy. >> reporter: good morning, rob and diana. the hostage situation in midland city, alabama is over.
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such good news for the family wanting to have their little boy home in time for his 6th birthday. the tense, seven-day-long standoff in midland city, alabama now over. the 5-year-old boy taken hostage nearly a week ago now safe. >> i have visited with ethan. he is doing fine. he is laughing, joking, playing, eating. the things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. >> reporter: fbi agents stormed the underground bunker where the little boy, known only as ethan was being held. a law enforcement source tells abc news authorities were able to put a high-tech camera into the bunker to monitor the boy and his captor, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. >> mr. dykes was observed, was observed holding a gun. at this point, fbi agents fearing the child was in imminent danger entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: but dykes is now dead.
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a source tells abc news, authorities used explosives to get into the bunker. >> i can tell you over the past 24 hours, our communications with the subject deteriorated and we were certainly concerned for the safety of the child. >> reporter: the question remains -- why did dykes board a school bus last tuesday, kill the driver, kidnap ethan and bring him below ground. the police said nothing about the motive and said dykes made few demands. now the little boy who has mild autism and adhd will go home to celebrate his 6th birthday wednesday. investigators aren't saying how they were able to get into the bunker to bring ethan out unharmed. rob, diana. >> thank you, marcy. a french director hoping to make a movie about the sandy hook elementary school tragedy will have to find another location. the director wanted to shoot the film in ridgefield, connecticut, not far from newtown.
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with the massacre fresh in everyone's mind, town leaders have now rejected the idea. >> this community is not prepared to handle this type of an event. >> i think it is way too soon and way too inappropriate to be making a film about such a tragedy. >> with so many people against the movie, permits will be hard to come by. movie makers are warned -- any one trying to shoot there would be escorted out of the town. here is what is interesting, he decided to make this movie in ridgefield, a neighboring town of newtown, it resembles newtown and didn't want to upset anybody in newtown. i worked in connecticut, these towns are very small. and everybody knows everybody. >> close to each other. >> and everybody that goes to the newtown schools knows somebody from the ridgefield, from monroe. so this is -- this is not the kind of thing you can bring to an area and think they're so insular that the town next to them wouldn't know about it. >> of course. of course. you have to wonder what the motivation was. i'm sure will turn into something down the road.
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again seems too soon. the director could not have expected this to go over well. people say "oh, sure, come in 2 months later and do something." seems weird. the director says -- the script focuses on a 13-year-old boy has a mental illness, coping with fears after the newtown shooting. maybe it was a story on how towns cope. even still -- it is -- it is too raw. >> it parallels what happens. makes it worse. it's hard. >> not yet. not yet. related news turning to the gun control debate. a bipartisan house bill to be introduced today to crack down on on gun trafficking. two republicans and two democrats are sponsoring the bill. similar to one already in the senate. house measure would make gun trafficking a federal crime and crack down on so-called straw purchasers, the folks who purchase guns only to resell them to customers banned from buying them. the senate and president both
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back the idea. and the president took his push for tougher gun regulations to the city of minneapolis where he met with police officers yesterday. the president admits he does face a major challenge in getting lawmakers to agree on gun control measures. an outspoken minnesota sheriff believes the current system, simply misses too much. >> we have identified gaping holes in the background checks and it's become america's dirty little secret about the background checks. >> today the president meets with top leaders on another second term goals, that being, of course, immigration reform. the president signed a deal to raise the federal debt limit preventing a short term financial panic. the law temporarily suspends the $16.4 trillion limit on government borrowing, and permits the federal government to borrow $450 billion to pay its bills. but this is just a legal band-aid until law makers address the budget later this year. >> the can gets kicked down the road yet again. >> once again. >> -- that's what they're good at. big change in the nation's largest public school system.
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california says its 8th graders no longer have to take algebra. instead it is offered as an elective or students can take a alternate course that only offers some algebra. a move that has been adopted by most states. but some law makers say it is only dumbing down our schools. >> we have been left behind in the world when it comes to education standard. we will absolutely lose our place unless we keep a rigorous regime for california. this is definitely going in the wrong direction. >> critics also say doing away with the algebra requirement hits minority students hardest. supporters say, though, it offers more uniformity for students as they move toward high school. >> don't you need that on a daily basis? moving on. >> the country -- math stats. not a good place. a very interesting move. any way. here is our nominee for name of the day. he is bay barley. you heard me right. i said bay barley. >> i like that -- bay barley. a senior point guard for a high school in upstate new york.
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so check out his game-winning shot. here we go now. wait a minute. >> bay barley. bay barley. oh, oh. >> oh! oh! >> nothing but net. >> in! in! not even off the backboard. >> barley's team wins. >> too hot. had to take his jersey off. he's hot. >> that's ridiculous. barley's team wins the game. 57-54. >> afterward. mr. barley said "i knew i had to be one with the ball. he said he shot it and prayed it would go in. his prayers were answered. >> i don't mean to be rain on the parade here. didn't he travel, basketball people out there, didn't he take a few steps, travel. travel. >> it doesn't matter. no, no, no. >> he traveled. >> he falls. barely makes it up. throws like he can barely hold on to it. hot potato. makes it in. nothing but net. didn't even hit the backboard. >> he traveled.
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gotta learn the fundamentals of the game. the kid traveled. >> you're giving him the business? still giving him the business? >> i just don't get it. all right. >> hater. hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. >> it evens out. >> coming up next. did new jersey's governor get the last laugh with david letterman. >> turning the spare bedroom into spare cash. how to get the most rent out of that small space. you are watching "world news now." ♪ got no money to pay the rent "world news now" weather brought to you by lunesta. where sleepless nights yield to restful sleep. and lunesta®(eszopiclone) can help you get there. like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. lunesta should not be taken together with alcohol. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness,
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♪ skinny so skinny >> skinny in the house! >> no need for an introduction. the skinny is in his house. we are starting out with chris christie, made his first appearance on david letterman.
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kind of hilarious. talking about his favorite jokes. he read them, pretty good. are we going to hear them first? maybe? >> there he is. yeah, went on. >> he went on. and he had a great time. he told david letterman. his plumpness is fair game. he has no problem with it. he is obese. the man is a big man. >> not much chair left. >> right. and he probably should, should not be, you know, eating doughnuts on late night. anyway, that's what he did. he was having a good time. anyway take a listen. >> celebrity birthday today, chris christie turned 50. he blew out the candles on his cake and he wished for another cake. >> i made jokes about you not just one or two. not just ongoing here and there, intermittent.
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>> the cool part that he can joke about it. he takes it in stride, which is cool. >> also, let's move on to my favorite performer and yours, beyonce. just hours. >> i love beyonce. i think she is great. i wasn't a fan. >> we heard you speak on it before. >> i wasn't a fan. >> the good news for those of us who are loyal to queen bee over here. she announced she is going on a world tour, first one, in a few years. going to start in belgrade, april 15, uk, germany, paris, ireland all these great places starting april 15th. beyonce's world tour kicks off in april. north american tour will begin in late june.
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outage. there was drama on and off the field. >> one of the best stories of the day was that of michael ohr whose real life was dramatic enough to make an oscar-winning movie. as abc's steve osunsami tells us, this super bowl win was a victory of a family made not from blood but love. >> reporter: it was a powerful moment. >> we just both darted for each other and he picked me up. >> reporter: this picture of an emotional leeann tuohy hugging adopted son, big mike. some neighbors felt she and her family never should have taken in. >> he was so excited. i was sobbing. i was absolutely sobbing. >> reporter: and now a super bowl champion. >> we won the super bowl. >> dreams can come true. >> reporter: theirs is the true story behind the film "the blindside." where sandra bullock won an oscar for portrayal of a white mother who reached past her comfort zone to lift up a young black teenager. >> this team is your family. you have to protect them.
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>> reporter: the actress had scenes at the game and dressed her son in ohr's jersey. on the drive back home, the real leeann told us she loves michael just as much as her biological children. >> families don't have to match. you don't have to look like some one else to love them. the thing that needs to be addressed here, there are wonderful kids all over this country and this world that want a forever family. we believe there are no unwanted kids. they're just unfound families. >> reporter: ohr played a good game. blocked his man as well as he could and spoke with abc news anchor josh elliott during the celebration. >> i am in shock right now. it is unbelievable. >> reporter: his parents tell us they're so proud and so very special seeing one of their children, achieving his dream. steve osunsami, abc news, new york. >> a beautiful, beautiful, movie and a beautiful story. the entire thing is moving. >> really. socially what it means, breaks down some racial boundaries. i like the whole thing, that story. so he that was -- >> don't worry about what willis is saying.
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on another note. we want to welcome, of course, my new co-anchor, diana perez to the show. >> yea! >> since there are no secrets on this set. we're going to let you decide what you want to know about her. >> i'm excited. uh-huh. >> wnn inbox segment. we usually ask you to ask us anything. but today i'm going to ask you to ask her anything. so log on to our facebook page, wnnfans.com and post your question where you see the inbox logo. she will respond on the air during a segment on tomorrow's show. so -- >> that is only this week. next week we go back to the both of
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this morning on "world news now" -- fired up. from the president's push to ban military-style weapons to today's house move to stop gun trafficking. >> the debate over firearms enters a new bipartisan chapter later this morning. it's tuesday, february 5th.
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>> from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. i'm diana perez. >> you came back for day two. >> i did. here i am. >> i like it -- that is an encouraging sign. >> kicking and screaming. >> good morning. i'm rob nelson. while republicans and democrats are behind the latest gun crackdown. coming of in our top story. together on some issues. on the harder stuff. far away. >> far away. >> as we have seen. another big headline, the hostage ordeal is over now for a boy who turned 6 this wook. the fbi brought the crisis to a dramatic end. there are still many unanswered questions. this morning, again, the bottom line, that little kid is okay. his abductor and murderer of the bus driver days ago is dead himself. >> by the way, we should mention it is the first time we are seeing him, seeing little ethan. i don't know how i feel about that yet. >> the picture being out there.
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>> don't know how i feel about that. >> dicey, a gray area. yeah. solving a mystery that is 500 years old. the unlikely burial site for a british monarch, a parking lot. the clues that led scientists to king richard iii. >> i have been wondering for years -- >> where is he? >> where is richard's bones, man? >> under a bunch of cars. >> nice, classy. later this half-hour, would you sign a pledge to stop cursing? i don't know. some high school students in new jersey, yep, they just did. what is in it for them to cut out all the four-letter words. as we get to know each other, diana, in this new work marriage together. are you a fan of the profanity? or are you, show verbal restraint? >> well, now that i have a little one, i have to say, my husband and i have been trying really hard not to curse in front of devon. but then also to translate that into our lives and not to curse period. that is really, really hard. >> yeah. >> i mean not cursing while i am
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on television for an hour and a half is hard enough. i have come close a few times. i have come close. >> in life 24 hours a day that's hard. really hard. >> doing it for the kid. i understand. that's a cool move. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. let's move on with this -- show shall we? >> we begin with the gun control debate. later on today in the house, two republicans and two democrats are sponsoring this bipartisan bill similar to one in the senate. >> today's house measure would make gun trafficking a federal crime and crack down on the so-called straw purchasers, the ones who purchase guns only to resell them to customers that are banned from buying them. a proposal backed by the senate and the president. with more on this, abc's john karl. >> reporter: faced with an uphill battle in congress, the president took his campaign for gun control measures on the road. >> we're not going to wait for the next newtown. a central component of the president's plan is requiring virtually anybody buying a gun
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to get a background check. but his audience in minneapolis, has seen firsthand, that is not enough. last september, just a few miles from where the president spoke, minnesota suffered its worst-ever mass shooting. 36-year-old andrew engledinger went on a rampage at this store after he was fired. shooting and killing six employees before turning the gun on himself. according to engledinger's parents, he was mentally ill and had refused treatment. but here is the thing, he legally bought his gun here after passing a background check. >> our son struggled for years with mental illness. and the last few years we had no longer had contact with us. >> reporter: the local sheriff met with president obama and believes the current system simply misses too much. >> we have identified gaping holes in the background checks and really has become what is america's dirty little secret about the background checks. >> reporter: last year nine mass killings in the u.s. eight of the gunmen had a
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history of mental illness. the background check is only as the good as the database used to check a gun buyer's record. consider this, 12 states submit actively mental health records to the database. the president proposed fixing this by giving states money for record keeping and urging doctors to report credible threats of violence to law enforcement. mental health experts say the other key to addressing the problem is identifying and treating those with mental illness at a young age. the white house wants to give states the resources to do that, but that is going to require money and also the kind of thing that will take a long time to show results. jonathan karl, abc news, new york. >> what an eye-opening report that is. sad and depressing that many holes exist in the system in terms of the recordkeeping. and people try to get help for people suffering mental illness and can't. eight of the nine mass shootings they had mental illness. underscores why mental illness is such a component of this. even our background check system
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is not -- nothing is foolproof. but for there to be so many holes in it. so many discrepancies. just disturbing for everybody. that's the one issue capitol hill seems to agree on. let's get the background checks together. other stuff, magazines, assault weapons ban, more difficult. background check, more uniformity. >> on the broader issue, the president today said we will not be able to prevent every single massacre, not going to be able to keep every one of our children safe, but he said the least we can do is try. >> right. >> a good first step. get on the same page what we can do to try to prevent some things from happening. >> there is that effort. but then in arkansas they're trying to do something, take guns into churches. in mississippi, now letting guns into schools. everyone reacts differently. see what nationally gets done. in other news this morning, the week-long hostage ordeal has ended for a little alabama boy. agents stormed the underground bunker and rescued the child. he is okay. that little boy known only as ethan was taken to a nearby
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hospital where he was checked out. police say he appears to be just fine considering all that he has been through. >> i have visited with ethan. he is doing fine. he is laughing, joking, playing, eating, and the things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. >> the child's captor, jimmy lee dykes, is dead now. but investigators will not say whether he was killed or took his own life. the ordeal came to an end after the fbi sneaked a hidden camera into the underground bunker. lucky little guy. a new twist in the sensational murder trial of jody arias, the arizona woman who confessed to killing her on and off again boyfriend. >> arias took the stand yesterday saying she acted in self-defense and portrayed herself as a life-long victim of abuse. abc's brandi hitt has the latest details, good morning, brandy. >> reporter: good morning, rob and diana. jody arias returns to the stand this morning.
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she's already admitted to killing her boyfriend. now jurors are expected to hear arias' explanation what happened the night of the murder. >> did you kill travis alexander on june 4, 2008? >> yes, i did. >> reporter: in a surprise move, jody arias took the stand in her own defense and explained to the jury why she brutally murdered her ex-boyfriend travis alexander. >> the simple answer is that he attacked me. and i defended myself. >> reporter: speaking quietly with her hair pulled to the side, this is the same woman prosecutors say stabbed alexander 27 times in a jealous rage while also slashing his throat and shooting him twice in the head. but her story has changed several times. first, she told police she wasn't there. >> i'm not a murderer. then she said she was at the crime scene, but intruders did it. >> if traveller were here today he would tell you it wasn't me. >> reporter: in an interview with inside edition, arias said
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no jury would convict her because she was innocent. on the stand she gave a new explanation. >> at the time, i had plans to commit suicide. so i was extremely confident that no jury would convict me. i didn't expect any of you to be here. >> reporter: during her first day of testimony, arias described being physically abused by her parents. her attorneys trying to convince the jury alexander was a liar, cheater and sexual deviant who also abused arias which led her to kill him. her testimony and cross-examination is expected to take several days. if convicted she could become the fourth woman on arizona's death row. rob, diana, back to you. >> thank you, brandi. boy scouts of america's policy on gays is getting a lot of attention as group leaders continue closed meetings in texas. current and former scout leaders delivered a petition with more than a million signatures to scouts' national headquarters.
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the petition opposes the scouts' current policy that bans gays. meanwhile though, religious law firms are warning the scouts a change to the policy would jeopardize church based troops which support the current policy. big honor for the late rosa parks. she has a stamp. the postal service unveiled a new forever stamp in celebration of what would have been parks' 100th birthday. parks is credited with sparking the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on a montgomery bus. parks was called the epitome of courage as the stamp design was unveiled. >> nice tribute. early in this black history month. very cool. >> well deserved. surprised it took this long. your tuesday forecast, everybody. rain from seattle. northern california. up to 6 inches of snow in the cascades. northern rockies. some light snow around minneapolis, chicago, detroit, and pittsburgh. snowing in the morning, philly to boston. showers, houston to tallahassee. >> 70s from new orleans to
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miami. and 20s, boston to minneapolis. 50s from seattle to sacramento. the guy we all know as spiderman has been at it again. he's french dare devil elaine robert and outside the havana libre hotel. added to the list of tall buildings he climbed. >> he did it without ropes or safety net. the hotel is small for spiderman, only 27 stories. >> that's it? >> robert said his biggest fear about the climb was that a piece of the building's facade could break off. yeah, makes me nervous. like many buildings in cuba, the hotel is somewhat in disrepair. of course, that does not stop the daredevil does it? >> he has done all kind of things. did the willis tower in chicago? >> the what tower? >> willis tower! you heard it right! >> the willis tower? old, decrepit building, i know.
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>> i don't think so, my brother. >> empire state building and golden gate bridge. all of them taller than, than the havana libre he climbed tonight. but the best one out of them all is the willis tower. >> you got that right. yes, yes, yes. coming up next, a mystery. five centuries old, no, not willis. it has all been uncovered in a a class act for students in new jersey, pledging to give up four-letter words. could you do it? you are watching "world news now." "world news now" weather by ght to you by intermezzo. intermezzo. leep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime.
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a royal mystery more than 500 years old has finally, finally, been solved. the remains of king richard iii were discovered buried underneath a parking lot. >> the king was the last english monarch killed in battle and his remains were discarded without a whole lot of ceremony. we get the full story from the bbc's jeremy cook. >> reporter: a long lost english king. richard iii, killed leading his army, 527 years ago. but over the centuries the location of his grave has become a mystery. archaeologists began their search for richard last summer more in hope than expectation. despite all anticipated difficulties, within hours of the first trench being dug, there was a breakthrough. human remains found in this grave. the skeleton was largely intact, but the grave crudely dug. there was no coffin, but was evidence that the hand had been
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bound. and so the question -- was this once a king of england? >> ladies and gentlemen, it is the academic conclusion of the university of leicester, the beyond reasonable doubt, individual is indeed richard iii, the last king of england. >> reporter: england's last warrior king has not been judged kindly by history. lord olivier who captured shakespeare's scheming flawed anti-hero. richard's grave has already given up many secrets. we know for instance he was wounded in battle ten times. the study, analysis will continue as preparations are made to intern the remains of king richard iii in the cathedral here next year. jeremy cook, bbc news. >> whatever. up next, up close with one
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of the country's hottest superstars. >> tim mcgraw talks about music, love and the vice he had to give up. you are watching "world news now." "world news now"
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all right, for the past couple days all we have heard about around here is beyonce. beyonce. beyonce. now, ladies, it's time for some musical eye candy for us. >> there you go. tim mcgraw seems to have it all -- looks, talent, beautiful family. but none of it came easy. with more on this here's abc's josh elliott. ♪ >> caller: call it a cajun homecoming. country superstar tim mcgraw, born about four hours from new orleans, swooped in for his own pre-super bowl party. ♪ she's getting dressed up putting on her lipstick ♪
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unveiling a new song. ♪ some day when you're looking back on your life at your memories this is going to be one of those nights ♪ >> reporter: "one of those nights" on "good morning america." ♪ one of those nights >> reporter: in the country music world that the 45-year-old mcgraw is a true legend. and now, a new album, "two lanes of freedom." at the heart of it all marriage to fellow country mega star, faith hill. they met on the road and have been married for 16 years and have three daughters. he reveals he almost lost it all until he finally quit drinking. >> reporter: are these decisions you reached with faith or something that just sort of comes to you. >> i would say she had a lot of input in my decision to quit drinking. five years ago, a lot of things professionally were going on in my life, personally were going on in my life. i was using that more as a crutch to get past some of the things instead of dealing with
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them. i felt that could be dangerous. the further you got away from dealing with things and sort of, blunted it, with alcohol or drugs or whatever you are using, the harder it was going to be to deal in the long run. that being said, i still haven't dealt with anything, but at least i am sober. >> reporter: family has been something tim has the had to search for. growing up poor, he was shocked to find out that his father was the famous baseball pitcher tug mcgraw. >> i once saw him when i was 11. we drove to houston. my mom borrowed money and a car. we drove to houston and saw him. visited with him briefly. i never really spoke to him again until i was 18, 19 years old. we never had a father-son relationship. i think it bothers you more as you get older. >> reporter: after reuniting tug lost his battle with brain cancer in 2004. it left tim empty and aching. >> as you get older, you start stacking up life experiences.
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then your vision of life changes. your experiences in life change. and it is no longer about, just finding this dark brooding place to be it is about opening a lot of it, putting that honesty in your music. ♪ josh elliott in new orleans. >> and good, interesting back story there. funny, too, father/son relationship. how that has kind of haunted him a little bit. good to get humanity behind the superstar status like that. >> he's just hot. >> oh, you like, tim huh? >> he's hot. he's like chiseled everywhere. whoa. >> we'll get her some water. we'll be back after this. uh-huh. get her some water. we'll be back after this. uh-huh. ahh ! mmm ! ahh ! mmm ! because finally, there's cepacol sensations. the serious medicine for sore throats, with a seriously great taste. plus, the medicine lasts long after the lozenge is gone. ahh ! but don't take our word for it. ahh ! word of mouth is always better. ahh ! mmm !
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♪ they looking at us ♪ they looking at us ♪ they looking at us ♪ i want to scream and shout >> no auto tune there. >> all right, so this is something we all know. years ago when a kid dropped the f-bomb they may get a soap to their mouth. >> i know i got them. >> i always have had a potty mouth. i'll admit it. face it these days a pretty common occurrence. because of that a high school in new jersey decided to try another approach to keep the cursing in check. the problem is -- the idea came with some controversy. with more on this wabc's lucy yang. >> i swore not to swear. >> reporter: chaz proudly wore his button when he left school which symbolizes his vow not to use foul language for a month. >> i feel accomplished. i want to stick to my promise. >> reporter: how are you not
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going to curse for a month? >> try my best not to. and, uh, like, keep my anger inside. >> reporter: it began friday when several of the girls at the queen of peace high school in new jersey took the oath. rebecca silver said she was forced and won't abide by it. >> i think it is sexist, they expected the girls to go first and then to influence the guys. >> reporter: however michelle is trying to honor the vow but admits it is hard. >> i was like, i don't know. but i did pretty good. i'm pretty proud of myself. >> reporter: with so many asking what about the boys? we are told the school had another swearing-in ceremony for the boys and any of the girls who wanted to join. >> as humans we are all going to do it. but, um, taking the step to pledging that you wont do it -- it is a positive direction. >> i think it is a good idea. actually. i think, if you are going to a catholic school being brought up in a certain way, kids should be more vigilant as to how they speak. >> that brings us to the facebook question of the day.
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>> we want to know how long would it take you to break a no cursing pledge? log on to wnnfans.com. and let us know. how long do you think? >> not long at all. >> really? >> yeah, sorry. >> within -- >> i don't have much discipline in that regard. you know what i mean? i think that [ bleep ] is absolute [ bleep ], you know what i am saying? yeah. waiting for the beep. i don't know what happened. i would not do well. we will be right back -- after this. waiting for the beep. i don't know what happened. i would not do well. we will be right back -- after this.
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this morni this morning on "world news now" -- finally free. the hostage ordeal ends for a little alabama boy who turns 6 tomorrow. >> he spent a week in an underground bunker until the fbi brought the crisis to a dramatic climax. it is tuesday, february 5th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." we have laughed a lot today. that is a good sign. don't get the giggles now. the control room hates that. they are flipping out up there. >> i'm back. >> we're back. good morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm diana perez. we'll take you to alabama where there are still unanswered questions about ethan's captor who is now dead. also this morning, osama bin laden's final hideout and grand plans by the pakistanis to build a major attraction nearby. bizarre story. can't figure that one out. what was going on inside the tour bus that crashed in southern california killing seven people. hear about the driver's major problem just moments before that impact. later this half hour, inspiration from a pakistani girl recovering from gunshot wounds and sending out a remarkable message worldwide. we'll bring you our exclusive
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interview. >> man, woman, young, old, west, east, you have to be inspired by that little girl and her cause and her story and her recovery. really is amazing. president obama is among those praising the agents who successfully rescued the little boy who had spent seven days in captivity. >> ethan has been taken to a hospital where he has been reunited with his mother. abc's correspondent reports on the unfolding drama from midland city, alabama. >> reporter: after a week-long standoff a happy ending in alabama where the little boy kidnapped from the school bus is safe. a new picture of 5-year-old ethan. >> i have been to the hospital. i have visited with ethan. he is doing fine. >> reporter: the suspect, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. abc news has learned authorities were able to insert a high-tech camera into the bunker and monitor dykes' movements. when they became increasingly
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concerned he might act out they positioned the swat team near the entrance and used an explosive charge to get into the bunker and neutralize dykes. the standoff began last tuesday when the suspect boarded a school bus and threatened the kids. dykes allegedly shot and killed the bus driver and kidnapped ethan. 5-year-old ethan believed to have autism was held captive in the underground bunker, 6 x 8 while police and s.w.a.t teams above ground carefully negotiated through a ventilation pipe. dykes allowed what authorities called comfort item to be sent down the pipe, toys, coloring books, potato chips and ethan's medication. police were careful not to anger dykes believed to be watching news reports in the bunker. even thanked him at one point. >> i want to thank him for taking care of our child. >> reporter: law enforcement had drones flying over dykes' house and looking for ethan and ways in to rescue him. not only has the special need child been kidnapped but witness to a murder in front of his eyes.
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ethan is at the hospital for treatment and said to be physically unharmed. over the past week, this small community pulled together. local children even writing cards for ethan's upcoming 6th birthday. >> he is my friend. and i love playing with him. >> reporter: and have prayed at local church services. >> ethan hang tough, little man. we love you. we are praying for you. >> reporter: hugs and thanks that the prayers have been answered. >> this is one of the stories that grips the nation. and everybody watched with bated breath for this to finally come to an end. >> so unusual. so unusual. this could not have ended well, a distinct possibility. fact he is turning 6 years old this week, in time for his birthday. you have to wonder, a special needs child and in terms of long-term psychological impact. this little boy.
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the thing, negotiators were encouraged by the sign it seemed like the kid and the man were kind of bonding. because he allowed medicine in. was letting him color. there was some kind of relationship. perhaps that bond. >> kept him alive. >> kept him alive and kept things from ending badly. >> they had to move in when they saw he became agitated and kept holding a gun. that was the end. >> you heard in the piece, not saying if he killed himself. or if authorities killed him. if the authorities killed him. did the little boy see that? a lot of questions to be answered. the boy is safe. that's all that matters. >> true. this morning learning much more about the suspect that gunned down a retired military sniper and his friend. investigators say eddie routh hardly knew the two men he killed. he just met them days before their deaths. police record show that routh had been taken to a psychiatric hospital after threatening to kill his family and take his own life. and he was suffering from ptsd.
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>> ptsd. >> earlier friday confirmed the army, 182 suicides within active duty ranks last year. which is up from 165 recorded in 2011. just because the guys come home from war intact, maybe physically, mentally there is a lot going on. army and military mental illness and suicide is a major, major problem in this country right now. all-time highs in suicide. literally one every day from the guys coming back from war. just because they get off the plane the problems are not over. >> he said he was hurting and his family didn't know what he had been through. >> exactly. >> that's terrible. faithful in arkansas may be allowed to take firearms to church. lawmakers there approved a bill to allow concealed gun holders to attend services with firearms. this measure is similar to three other states. the arkansas governor, a democrat said he will sign the bill and it will protect people
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attending houses of worship. new investigation of the sandusky sex abuse case at penn state is getting under way. sandusky in prison for the rest of his life after being convicted of dozens of accounts of abusing young boys. now pennsylvania's new attorney general appointed a special investigator to look into why it took nearly three years to charge sandusky in the first place. and makes good on her campaign promise to investigate the way sandusky's case had been handled. now we turn to pakistan where construction is set to begin, get this, on an amusement park not far from osama bin laden's final hideout. bin laden's compound, was torn down last year after u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s. stormed the place. ground will be broken in a few weeks. a push to restore the city's family friendly image after the takedown of a terrorist. passengers who survived a tour bus crash in southern california are recounting the few terrifying moments of the accident. they said the bus was going slowly down a mountain road.
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it picked up speed. the driver shouted for anyone on the bus to call 911. the brakes failed. on impact the passengers were thrown out of shattered windows as the bus finally came to a halt. >> the worst part was seeing the backpacks and the gloves and the personal effects of the people that were in the bus. >> records show the bus had 22 safety violations in the past year problems with the brakes, windshield and tires. a gas leak blamed for the last week's deadly explosion at headquarters of the mexico's state owned oil company. state owned oil company. at least 37 people were killed and dozens injured when a gas build up was ignited possibly by a spark. investigators say three workers set up a crude light in the basement before the blast. investigators found no evidence of any explosives. gas prices are pumped up and analysts are telling drivers the trend will continue, for now. aaa says the national average price for a gallon of gas is now $3.54.
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that's up 22 cents from a month ago. futarures markets are up and the prices are passed along at the pump. apple's upgraded ipad hits stores later today. this version of the ipad 4 chalked full of storage. 128 giga bytes, that's twice the maximum storage currently available. it will cost 800 bucks. not cheap for the wi-fi only version and cost more than that for lte. are you a gadget kind of person? >> i have gadgets, but i'm not gadgety. >> not a techie kind of person. >> i sleep with my phone right here, but just my phone and my ipad and i don't need the latest version. >> 800 bucks is expensive. that's a lot of money. >> during the meeting people are like, oh, it's $800. >> we have a lot of techie folks on staff. all right, moving on now, here is a look.
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rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around the great lakes. light morning snow in boston, new york and philadelphia. showers along the gulf coast and a mild day for dallas and denver. 50s in colorado springs and albuquerque. mostly 40s in the northern rockies and 22 in the twin cities and 32 in chicago and a balmy 36 here in new york. i do like this. this is my favorite story of the day. the owners of a baltimore furniture store say all the free advertising is worth it. in a promotion, gardner's furniture took a chance saying if a raven opened either half of the super bowl by returning the kickoff for a touchdown, all the furniture sold between january 31 and 3:00 p.m. sunday would be free. >> and, of course, jones returned the second half kick 108 yards for the score. that means some $600,000 worth of furniture is completely free
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and up for grabs. just in case, they took out an insurance policy to cover most of the costs. wow. >> you have to imagine the manver of that store watching the opening of the second half. oh, my, slow down. trip him. >> load them up. >> 600 grand. smart to get the insurance policy. >> oh, my goodness. but, you know what, this happens every year. some kind of car dealership somewhere that says, i'll give away every car in my lot if so and so then you see them at the end of the whole thing. i had no idea that one of these two teams are going to win. >> that's it. i hope they make a run. i hope they have that store. go get that free recliner. >> do it! why not? >> that's a good sale. >> come on. all right, coming up next. inspiration from a teenager who has overcome so much and has taught us all so much. >> that's right.
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exclusive. an inspiring young girl with an amazing sense of passion and a sense of purpose. >> that's right, targeted by the taliban for wanting to go to school. abc's bob woodruff has the story. >> reporter: malala yousufzai's journey from this to this is nothing short of a miracle. and for the first time, you heard her voice. >> today you can see that i am alive. i can speak. i can see you. i can see everyone. and i am getting better day by day. it is just because of the prayers of people. >> reporter: prayers and letters sent to this young girl who became a symbol of hope. she was just 12 when the taliban shut down her school and the public crusade. >> i have the right to play, talk, speak. >> reporter: her actions made her a target. last october on the way home from school she was brutally
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attacked. gunmen entered her van and shot her at point-blank range in the head. she was medivaced to england in critical condition. she refused to die. the bullet glanced her skull, traveled down her cheek and into her shoulder. incredibly didn't enter her brain. as her story spread so did her following. i spoke with her father, a schoolteacher himself. >> reporter: malala has become a hero. and triggered a huge movement around the world. she gets letters from children. >> she is incredible. >> reporter: they made videos for her. and did you ever imagine there would be this kind of reaction to what happened to her? >> i think that she is an inspiration for the children. and the whole world supported her. >> reporter: she was sitting of in bed after five hours of surgery this weekend to repair her skull and damaged ear. she released a video statement talking about her new fund.
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>> i want to serve the people. i want every girl, every child to be educated. for that reason we have organized malala fund. >> reporter: what are you trying to accomplish by the fund? >> our aim and our dream is to educate children. and especially girls. because we know when you educate a girl, you educate the whole family. you educate a generation. you educate all other coming children. >> reporter: the challenge is enormous. today there are 32 million girls around the world who are not in school. bob woodruff, abc news, new york. >> a really humbling inspiring story. she, her grace and intellect and passion and sense of purpose. >> such a young age. >> really that young. left side of her face is paralyzed. hoping it comes back to full function within 18 months or so. mentally, spiritually, the recovery is full. you can tell listening to her. it is remarkable. said it before on the show.
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the taliban tried to kill her only succeeded in making her immortal. >> she wanted to protect people that she wanted to protect. people in pakistan wanted to name a school after her. don't do it. you will become a target for the taliban. >> they did it anyway. >> no, they didn't do it. they wanted to name it after her. she said no. >> an amazing young lady. we'll be back right after this. >> "world news now" continues after this from our abc
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joe flacco, you and the baltimore ravens just won the super bowl. what are you going to do next? >> hey, i'm going to disneyland. >> just like only going to disneyland. just about the hottest athlete in the country right now. case in point his sweet new ride. super bowl mvp received this
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video. he does tricks. he does turns. he is up, he is down. he is everywhere. take a look at this. this guy is pretty awesome. one thing that you don't know about him, he is blind. >> wow. >> he does everything only using his sense of sound. been blind since he was 2 years old. born with cancer of the retinas. from chicago. his video has garnered him 500,000 views. he says, everything happens for a reason. >> that is impressive. see, sometimes spirit means more than senses you know what i mean. kid is out there doing it. that is inspiring. this story is not. this story is not inspiring, disgusting, disturbing. diana picked it. and, you are fitting, to pick this story. i thought we would enjoy this one. >> doctors are worrying about do the yourself penile implants. [ screaming ] >> men some in prison are using melted toothpaste caps, buttons, dice, deodorant roller balls,
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this morning on "world news now" -- dramatic end. a 5-year-old boy held hostage underground for a week is set free. >> the boy's captor is dead. a small alabama town is relieved. but so, so many questions remain this morning. it's tuesday, february 5th.
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>> from abc news, this is "world news now." good tuesday morning, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm diana perez. we'll get to the latest from the fbi and alabama investigators in our top story. and then to connecticut, a town just outside of newtown where movie makers were ready to shoot a film about a school campus shooting. we'll hear from how the town is reacting. >> first thought maybe this was a coincidence, maybe already planned. apparently it was inspired by the massacre at newtown. everyone is just kind of like "are you kidding me? way too soon. why would you dig all that up? a lot of discussion about that movie. >> too soon, will it ever not be too soon? >> that's the question. just like 9/11, years before we saw a movie. this is a similar tragedy. also this morning, making a few bucks by offering your extra
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bedroom to overnight guests. what can you do with a little investment to put more money right there in your pocket. >> it is interesting, just the couple things you don't think you can do. it's the way you word your ads. the things you put on your bed, you are offering to the people that will stay at your place. it can make a difference. >> all about marketing. like most things in life. how you sell it. how you pitch it. >> there is a twist. a twist, especially in new york city, you were telling us about. we'll get to that later. later on, new jersey's governor pokes fun at himself on late night tv. by chowing down on doughnuts. what was chris christie trying to prove? that is in "the skinny," also coming up. >> obviously his weight is a big issue, no pun intended. little fun. here all week. and glad you came back for a second day. didn't scare you off yesterday. >> no, you tried. you tried hard. >> tried my best. >> the pictures of me were awful. >> please. it was fun. >> it was good fun. i am happy to be back. got a little sleep.
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thank you, devon, for not crying until i had gotten four hours of sleep. instead of seven i was hoping for. it is great. happy to be back. he is awesome. >> excellent. nice. officially going to be indoctrinated into the overnight world today. because willis is back from his little vacation. >> yeah! i'm here! >> willis, quiet, subtle member of our staff. he always takes. a liking to the female co-anchors on the show. got a little freaky-deaky in him. just warning you. just warning you. good to have everybody back. >> for sure. let's get to the news, good news here, thankfully. the little alabama boy is safe this morning after spending a week underground with a killer. >> 5-year-old ethan was held in a bunker. fbi agents managed to sneak a camera inside the hideout. it showed some disturbing images. abc's marcy gonzalez is covering all of it. good morning, marcy. >> reporter: good morning, rob and diana.
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the hostage situation in midland city, alabama is over. such good news for the family wanting to have their little boy home in time for his 6th birthday. the tense, seven-day-long standoff in midland city, alabama now over. the 5-year-old boy taken hostage nearly a week ago now safe. >> i have visited with ethan. he is doing fine. he is laughing, joking, playing, eating. the things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. >> reporter: fbi agents stormed the underground bunker where the little boy, known only as ethan was being held. a law enforcement source tells abc news authorities were able to put a high-tech camera into the bunker to monitor the boy and his captor, 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes. >> mr. dykes was observed, was observed holding a gun. at this point, fbi agents fearing the child was in imminent danger entered the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: but dykes is now
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dead. a source tells abc news, authorities used explosives to get into the bunker. >> i can tell you over the past 24 hours, our communications with the subject deteriorated and we were certainly concerned for the safety of the child. >> reporter: the question remains -- why did dykes board a school bus last tuesday, kill the driver, kidnap ethan and bring him below ground. the police said nothing about the motive and said dykes made few demands. now the little boy who has mild autism and adhd will go home to celebrate his 6th birthday wednesday. investigators aren't saying how they were able to get into the bunker to bring ethan out unharmed. rob, diana. >> thank you, marcy. a french director hoping to make a movie about the sandy hook elementary school tragedy will have to find another location. the director wanted to shoot the film in ridgefield, connecticut, not far from newtown. with the massacre fresh in
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everyone's mind, town leaders have now rejected the idea. >> this community is not prepared to handle this type of an event. >> i think it is way too soon and way too inappropriate to be making a film about such a tragedy. >> with so many people against the movie, permits will be hard to come by. movie makers are warned -- any one trying to shoot there would be escorted out of the town. here is what is interesting, he decided to make this movie in ridgefield, a neighboring town of newtown, it resembles newtown and didn't want to upset anybody in newtown. i worked in connecticut, these towns are very small. and everybody knows everybody. >> close to each other. >> and everybody that goes to the newtown schools knows somebody from the ridgefield, from monroe. so this is -- this is not the kind of thing you can bring to an area and think they're so insular that the town next to them wouldn't know about it. >> of course. of course. you have to wonder what the motivation was. i'm sure will turn into something down the road. again seems too soon.
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the director could not have expected this to go over well. people say "oh, sure, come in 2 months later and do something." seems weird. the director says -- the script focuses on a 13-year-old boy has a mental illness, coping with fears after the newtown shooting. maybe it was a story on how towns cope. even still -- it is -- it is too raw. >> it parallels what happens. makes it worse. it's hard. >> not yet. not yet. related news turning to the gun control debate. a bipartisan house bill to be introduced today to crack down on on gun trafficking. two republicans and two democrats are sponsoring the bill. similar to one already in the senate. house measure would make gun trafficking a federal crime and crack down on so-called straw purchasers, the folks who purchase guns only to resell them to customers banned from buying them. the senate and president both
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back the idea. and the president took his push for tougher gun regulations to the city of minneapolis where he met with police officers yesterday. the president admits he does face a major challenge in getting lawmakers to agree on gun control measures. an outspoken minnesota sheriff believes the current system, simply misses too much. >> we have identified gaping holes in the background checks and it's become america's dirty little secret about the background checks. >> today the president meets with top leaders on another second term goals, that being, of course, immigration reform. the president signed a deal to raise the federal debt limit preventing a short term financial panic. the law temporarily suspends the $16.4 trillion limit on government borrowing, and permits the federal government to borrow $450 billion to pay its bills. but this is just a legal band-aid until law makers address the budget later this year. >> the can gets kicked down the road yet again. >> once again. >> -- that's what they're good at. big change in the nation's largest public school system. california says its 8th graders
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no longer have to take algebra. instead it is offered as an elective or students can take an alternate course that only offers some algebra. a move that has been adopted by most states. but some law makers say it is only dumbing down our schools. >> we have been left behind in the world when it comes to education standard. we will absolutely lose our place unless we keep a rigorous regime for california. this is definitely going in the wrong direction. >> critics also say doing away with the algebra requirement hits minority students hardest. supporters say, though, it offers more uniformity for students as they move toward high school. >> don't you need that on a daily basis? moving on. >> the country -- math stats. not a good place. a very interesting move. any way. here is our nominee for name of the day. he is bay barley. you heard me right. i said bay barley. >> i like that -- bay barley. a senior point guard for a high school in upstate new york.
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so check out his game-winning shot. here we go now. wait a minute. >> bay barley. bay barley. oh, oh. >> oh! oh! >> nothing but net. >> in! in! not even off the backboard. >> barley's team wins. >> too hot. had to take his jersey off. he's hot. >> that's ridiculous. barley's team wins the game. 57-54. >> afterward. mr. barley said "i knew i had to be one with the ball. he said he shot it and prayed it would go in. his prayers were answered. >> i don't mean to be rain on the parade here. didn't he travel, basketball people out there, didn't he take a few steps, travel. travel. >> it doesn't matter. no, no, no. >> he traveled. >> he falls. barely makes it up. throws like he can barely hold on to it. hot potato. makes it in. nothing but net. doesn't even hit the backboard. >> he traveled. gotta learn the fundamentals of
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♪ skinny so skinny >> skinny in the house! >> no need for an introduction. the skinny is in his house. we are starting out with chris christie, made his first appearance on david letterman.
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kind of hilarious. talking about his favorite jokes. he read them, pretty good. are we going to hear them first? maybe? >> there he is. yeah, went on. >> he went on. and he had a great time. he told david letterman. his plumpness is fair game. he has no problem with it. he is obese. the man is a big man. >> not much chair left. >> right. and he probably should, should not be, you know, eating doughnuts on late night. anyway, that's what he did. he was having a good time. anyway take a listen. >> celebrity birthday today, chris christie turned 50. he blew out the candles on his cake and he wished for another cake. >> i made jokes about you not just one or two.
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had a lot of subplots going on. from the harbaugh brothers to ray lewis to the infamous power outage. there was drama on and off the field. >> one of the best stories of the day was that of michael ohr whose real life was dramatic enough to make an oscar-winning movie. as abc's steve osunsami tells us, this super bowl win was a victory of a family made not from blood but love. >> reporter: it was a powerful moment. >> we just both darted for each other and he picked me up. >> reporter: this picture of an emotional leeann tuohy hugging adopted son, big mike. some neighbors felt she and her family never should have taken in. >> he was so excited. i was sobbing. i was absolutely sobbing. >> reporter: and now a super bowl champion. >> we won the super bowl. >> dreams can come true. >> reporter: theirs is the true story behind the film "the blindside." where sandra bullock won an oscar for portrayal of a white mother who reached past her comfort zone to lift up a young black teenager from a broken home. >> this team is your family. you have to protect them.
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>> reporter: the actress had scenes at the game and dressed her son in ohr's jersey. on the drive back home, the real leeann told us she loves michael just as much as her biological children. >> families don't have to match. you don't have to look like some one else to love them. the thing that needs to be addressed here, there are wonderful kids all over this country and this world that want a forever family. we believe there are no unwanted kids. they're just unfound families. >> reporter: ohr played a good game. blocked his man as well as he could and spoke with abc news anchor josh elliott during the celebration. >> i am in shock right now. it is unbelievable. >> reporter: his parents tell us they're so proud and so very special seeing one of their children, achieving his dream. steve osunsami, abc news, new york. >> a beautiful, beautiful, movie and a beautiful story. the entire thing is moving. >> really. socially what it means, breaks down some racial boundaries. i like the whole thing, that story.
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this morning, finally free. >> prayers of the nation answered as the 5-year-old little boy held for a week underground is reunited, finally, with his family. new, overnight details in this week-long hostage saga. gun control.
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the presidential push for better background checks. a major problem is cost. but can the nation afford to do nothing? party time. it is parade day in baltimore. nearly spoiled. did the team really misplace the super bowl trophy? and after years of being a david letterman punch line, chris christie goes on "the late show," and has the last laugh. good morning, everyone. the little alabama boy has been reunited with his mother after he was held captive by a killer for nearly a week. >> agents swooped in for the rescue after becoming worried that the child was in imminent damage. he's been checked out of a hospital. we get more, now, from abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: this morning, the little boy held captive in an underground bunker for seven days i

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